Being new and living in New Jersey could take some time to adjust. There are more tolls, a lot of traffic, gas attendants and plenty of malls.
For newly acquired New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall, life in New Jersey has been an adjustment. Devils’ assistant captain and lineman of Hall, Adam Henrique, has helped Hall with his growth in N.J. and told him exactly what to expect
“He had just told me how low-key everything is here and, on our way back to his place, a lady stopped us and asked Adam for a picture and then she asked me to be the photographer,” Hall said with a smile. “I was certainly happy to take the picture and, honestly, a little bit happy to be anonymous too. We had a pretty good chuckle after that. That had never happened to me before.”
Henrique and Hall have a special connection as they were both members of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League junior team. Hall and Henrique were line mates winning two Memorial Cups.
“Any time I thought of something, I’d text him,” Henrique explained. “Like, when I drove down here, I went through a toll booth with my EZPass and I remembered that when I first came here I didn’t have one. and it was such a pain to wait in line or stop and get cash, so I texted him right away and told him to get it before he came down here.”
EZPass is certainly an adjustment, but for Hall, he learned the hard way.
“My car isn’t here yet, so I thought there was no point in getting it for this license plate. So then the first night I drove in, I figured you could just pay with a credit card and I was scrambling around looking for cash,” explained Hall. “Luckily, I found a ten dollar bill in one of my bags, but the line was now 10-15 cars deep because this idiot at the front of the line didn’t have cash.
“In Canada, you can do everything with a card. There’s no spot that just accepts cash. So, I have to get used to having cash on me all the time now just so I can pay the tolls.”
Hall has also wondered into the city, another thing New Jersey is known for.
“The area is awesome. I’m surprised at how spacious and how suburban it is. I thought it was going to be more metropolitan all over, so that’s nice,” he said. “I’m in the Jersey City/Hoboken area so, right now, I’m kind of in all the action, but I went to my dentist and it was a really nice drive out there. If I were to have a family here someday, it’d be a really good place to be.”
As for food, Hall has had no problem.
“I haven’t been to a diner yet, but I’ve been to a lot of brunch spots. I feel like you can get brunch anywhere here, at least is seems like that,” he explained. “Also, I’ve really taken advantage of all the options to order food right to your door. It’s pretty easy to do that here. Anything you want.”
Hall has been making adjustments and will continue too as he becomes acclimated with his new home. It certainly seems that Jersey is a good fit for him and he is a good fit for a state in need of a playoff birth.